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Justice Daniel Francis Annan: In the Service of Democracy
Justice Annan’s public service in Ghana’s recent history embodies how an individual, acting in concert with compatriots, can direct the course of history using institutions which may prevail at a specific conjuncture in that history.
The objective of producing this biography of Justice Annan is to extrapolate from his life as a public servant, especially during the critical period of 1982- 1992 when he was a key member of the PNDC, and the 1993 – 2000 when he was Speaker of the first and second Parliaments of the Fourth Republic, the lessons and insights that add value to the existing knowledge of how social and political dynamics are purposefully managed even in the most challenging times; and how key institutions like Parliament are nurtured in a nascent democracy to literally turn dust into gold. The weight of the biography therefore leans heavily on Justice Annan’s public service during the two periods indicated above.
This biography was sponsored by the IDEG under its Senior Citizen Scholar in Residence Programme, which is non-partisan and open to all who have distinguished themselves in rendering service to our dear country Ghana. We hope that this publication will inspire institutions and individual philanthropists, both Ghanaian and foreign, to contribute generously to the funding of the programme. The programme aims at deepening our knowledge and understanding of the momentous conjunctures in our history that have shaped the content and trajectory of Ghana’s young democratic state.
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Professor Kwamena Ahwoi is an Oxford University Rhodes Scholar and a University of Ghana Pioneer Tobacco Company (PTC) Scholar. He holds a Bachelors of Civil Law (BCL) and a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree respectively from the two Universities.
Professor Ahwoi was for twelve years Ghana's Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) (1988-2000) and for one year in 1997 was simultaneously Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs. He lectured full-time at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana from 1978 to 1993 and at the Schools of Public Service and Governance and of Law at the Ghana Institute of Management and Administration (GIMPA) from 2005 to 2016.
In 2000, Mr Ahwoi was moved form the Local Government Ministry to establish the Ministry o Planning, Regional Cooperation and Integration (MPRECI), with responsibility for the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Professor Ahwoi has variously been a member of the Board of Directors of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Ghana Limited and subsequently its Chairman; Chairman of the Governing Council of the KAAF University, a private engineering-focused University; member of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC); and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ghana.
He was a member of the 2016 Presidential Committee on Emoluments appointed by President John Dramani Mahama under Article 71 of the Constitution to make recommendations for the determination of the emoluments of the leading members of the Executive, Legislature and Judicial Arms of government as well as those of the independent institutions of the Constitution.
Nana Ato Dadzie is a barrister and solicitor of the Superior Court of Judicature with 34 years experience as a Legal Practitioner. From 1983 to 1993, he was the PNDC Secretary (Minister) in charge, PNDC Secretariat and from 1993 to 2001 he was the Special Assistant to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings. Within that same period, he functioned as the Chief of Staff of the Government of the National Democratic Congress from 1997 to 2001.